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Margaret Chung

  • Margaret Chung was born in Santa Barbara, California on October 2, 1889.
  • She was born to Chinese emigrates and was the oldest of eleven kids
  • By the time she was ten, Margaret took over supporting her family due to her parents becoming invalids
  • She drove horse drawn wagons alone and worked 12 hour days at a local Chinese restaurant
  • Margaret was still able to put herself through college and medical school by winning different scholarships, selling medical supplies, and lecturing
  • In 1916, she graduated from the University of Southern California’s College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Margaret became the first American born Chinese woman physician in the U.S.
  • After graduating, she moved to Illinois where she worked at the Kankakee State Hospital
  • She then moved back to California where she worked as a surgeon at the Sante Fe Railroad Hospital
  • In 1922, Margaret moved to San Francisco where she worked at the Wilshire Hotel as a staff physician and then opened her own clinic in Chinatown
  • In 1931, Margaret became friends with an aviator and soon started to entertain his group of Navy Air Reserve friends
  • The flyers began to call her mom and she “adopted” them as her “sons”
  • In 1941, Margaret helped organize and send emergency medical supplies to Pearl Harbor after the attack
  • She was then recognized by President Truman for her service
  • Margaret continued to stay in contact with her “sons” and hosted weekly dinners at her house
  • Around 75 to 100 military officers came to her dinners each week and the men were often forced to do the dishes, and clean
  • Margaret helped recruit 200 American aviators for the Flying Tigers
  • By the end of the war, Margaret had around 1500 “sons” that included U.S. Senators and Congressmen
  • With her connections, Margaret helped create WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) even though she’s not recognized as a founder
  • She wanted to join WAVES but was not allowed and the government secretly blacklisted her because they thought she might have been gay
  • Margaret had close friends who were lesbians but no one is actually sure if she was a lesbian herself
  • Margaret died on January 5, 1959

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